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new year's eve celebration. we will tell you what steps are taken. good morning. well tomorrcocome to "early sta" i'm joe johns. >> i'm alison kosik. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. john and christine are off. this morning, we are waiting to see what steps the russians plan to take. they are vowing to retaliate likely today for the sanctions president obama has just laid down. punishing russia for election hacking. white house announcing punitive measures against four individuals and five entities and expelling dozens of diplomats. this is drawing condemnation from the russian government and president-elect. donald trump again downplaying the election hack, but he has a new twist. here is the latest statement. it is time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. nevertheless in the interest of our country and great people, i will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the
facts of the administration. the top aide is calling it toothless and limiting the options. here is kellyanne conway on cnn. >> these retaliations and sanctions put forward by president obama and his administration, some seem largely symbolsymbolic. some are saying that part of the reason obama did this today was to quote box in president-elect donald trump. that would be very unfortunate if that were the political motivating factor here. we can't help but think that is true. >> cnn's athena jones is with president obama in hawaii with more on the sanctions. >> reporter: good morning, joe and alison. the president calling the steps necessary and appropriate and said they are coming after repeated private and public warnings to the russian government. he said all americans should be lar alarmed by russia's actions.
he we perepeated that these wou encouraged by the highest level. the individuals and entities will be subject to the sanctions. including the military unit and its chief and the domestic security service. the state department is declaring 35 russian operatives pers persona non grata. the government is shutting down two russian government owned compounds. one in new york and another on the eastern shore of maryland not far from washington, d.c. the white house says russia should not be surprised by the actions and they are stressing the announced moves are not quote the sum total of our response. the u.s. is also taking covert measures. all of this aimed at delivering one message. there are consequences to the
actions. >> the u.s. sanctions include two russian hackers who have been on the fbi most wanted list for years. the two are wanted for large scale theft of money and personal identifying information. both are fugitives and unknown. the administration backing up the sanctions with the release of a report from the fbi and department of homeland security. it lays out unclassified technical details explaining how federal investigators linked russian intelligence agencies to the hack of the democratic national convention and john podesta. the report says the russian cyber attacks have been code named grizzly steppe. as we wait for word of retaliation, russia launched a few insults via twitter. president obama expels 35 diplomats in cold war deja vu. everybody including the american
people will be glad to see the last of the hapless administration leave. you can see the lame duck or duckling. let's bring in matthew chance live from moscomoscow. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe. a scathing response. i was looking at a tweet. verbal response from meddev. he is ending its term in the anti-russian agony. the letters s r.i.p. that fits with the condemnation we have seen over the course of the past 24 hours with the obama administration. the russian foreign ministry posted this on the facebook page shortly after the sanctions were announced. a group of vindictive important
poli foreign policy failures. in terms of concrete measures, about the kremlin going to do, we have not got any yet. the kremlin says there will be resip recipro cal measures. one caveat on that, joe, russia knows that in three weeks from now or less, donald trump will take over in the white house. he has a different attitude toward russia. he is a man that the russians believe they can do a deal with. that may restrain them somewhat from taking the strong action they would have taken if there weren't a change of government. >> thank you, matthew chance in moscow. >> helping us break this down. analyst and best selling author
ellis henican with us. good morning to you. >> relevant again. >> we need your ex-ppertise. these sanctions on russia and will they stick once obama is out of office? lisa monaco spoke out. listen to what she said. >> the reversal of sanctions would be highly unusual. indeed the sanctions usually remain in place until the activity and reasons for them being imposed in the first place has been removed. >> so, since all the talk about president obama looking to sanction russia, donald trump has been dismiss sive of the intelligence community. i'm saying a thawing of this. reince priebus was on fox
yesterday saying we can talk to the agencies and find the evidence there. how bad is it? i interpret that is show me the evidence and we'll act. >> the intelligence agency standing by eager to show them. i did note that president-elect donald trump said he would be available next week to get briefed. it is fascinating. you are right. it would be unusual to reverse sanctions like this. don't you think this year is a little unusual? >> what does putin do? this is a chess game. >> high fives. he's happy. >> the united states has taken its action. sent all these people out. does he just sit and wait or does he wait for trump? >> i think you are watching the moves. some is rhetorical. who knew by the way the kremlin tweeted and used facebook so energetically? >> and used a duckling so
effectively. >> they are burning up social media. you are right, joe. if we had not had a new president on the way and so favorable as donald trump is likely to be, the russian action would be different. they will dibide their time. does he invite the 35 spies back into the united states? >> that is a problem for him. >> not just for the democrats. the republicans who spent the last generations being tough on russia. do they say okay, fine, now we're all ready to be kissy face? i don't know. i'm not sure they know. >> house speaker paul ryan. john mccain and lindsey graham tall talki all talking about how the obama administration is long overdue. why did they wait on this? they learned about this in the fall. why sit on it? >> it's a good question.
i don't know the answer. frankly, i think in hindsight, it may have been better to act sternly a little earlier. here are the actions. they are still in such contrast to the kind of hints we're getting from the incoming trump administration. we will see a collision come january 20th. >> the other important thing, donald trump will meet next week with the intelligence community. this is the same intelligence community he is questioning the i intelligence. what will that be like? >> notice the term he used yesterday. it's time to move on. you know, you usually move on from things after we acknowledge them and face the facts. after we face pain. in this case, we may be moving on before we ever got there in the first place. >> are we close to cold war ii? >> you know, the rhetoric is sounding like. that don't forget, there are so many other things.
a genuine arms race. not a verbal one. troops in each other's faces. people oppressed. thankfully we're not quite there yet. >> ellis, thank you. we will bring you back in 35 minutes. can the latest cease-fire in syria hold long enough to allow real talks toward permanent stop to the civil war? more live from the middle east next.
a new cease-fire under way in syria. you are looking at live pictures from aleppo. you can see it is foggy, but peaceful. the cease-fire part of a deal brokered with turkey and russia including a return to peace talks after five years of war. turkey's president calling it a historic opportunity. russian president vladimir putin acknowledging the pact is fragile. cnn's ian lee is monitoring the
situation from istanbul joining us live with more. ian. >> reporter: good morning. so far this cease-fire seems to be holding. we are hearing reports there are scattered clashes, but they are few. this cease-fire really is thr threefold. to stop the fighting with the factions. turkey and allies and russia and syrian government and their allies. the second is to create a dialogue if there are violations they can be dealt with through dialogue and not fighting. the third step is a month from now, they hope to get the sides together in kazakhstan to start peace negotiations. i think the interesting thing to note is that the groups not part of the cease-fire. you have isis and next you have the al qaeda associated group and third you have the ypg. part of the syrian democrat
forces backed by the united states. >> ian, more news made yesterday. put assad's end on the trump presidency. what more do you know about that? >> reporter: let me read you the statement. he said part of the optimism could be related to better relations with the united states and russia. if there is good relations between the two great powers, most of the world, including small countries like syria will be the ben efficiefi ben effic y beneficiary. the syrian regime is hoping with president trump, that tone could be softer and trump expressed interest with warmer relations with russia and that could translate to support for the syrian regime. they are hoping on january 20th,
when donald trump becomes president, that things could shift. when you look at the battle field, the momentum is with the syrian regime and russia. it is against the rebels. when trump does come to power, he will have to look at that as well. >> ian lee in istanbul. thank you. united kingdom criticizing secretary of state john kerry for his comments on israel. a spokesperson for theresa may said it is not appropriate to go after the government of an ally. it considers the construction of settlements illegal, they are far from the only problem with the conflict with the palestinians. kerry went after israel's government as the most right wing in that nation's history. portrayed the settlements as the biggest hurdle standing in the way of peace. time for an early start on your money.
stocks are mixed on the last trading day of 2016. the dow will not hit 20,000 today probably. we are seeing futures higher after closing lower yesterday. despite that, the stocks enjoyed a great run in 2016. markets recovered from one of the worst ever starts to the year to hit a series of record highs. the dow, nasdaq and s&p are all on track for solid annual gains. the dow up almost 14% this year. could twitter be getting an edit button? ceo jack dorsey says the company is considering it after he asked the 4 million followers how the company can improve in 2017. turns out an edit onption was te biggest request. other suggestions? how to find better ways to cut down on harassment. i get it on twitter. >> a lot of trolls.
the new york city police department ramping up security in times square for new year's eve. at least 2 million people are expected to pack the crossroads of the world. authorities say they are pulling out all of the stops to keep revelers safe. cnn's brynn gingras has more. >> reporter: up to 2 million people are expected to ring in
times square on new year's eve. it takes an army to protect the city against any possible threats. no credible threats against the new year's eve ball drop event at this point according to the nypd. every precaution is taking place. we are told bit nyy the nypd, t start preparing for this at the beginning of the year. two things to note that we have not seen in previous years is 65 sand trucks and 100 barrier trucks which are department vehicles will form a perimeter around the times square area. that is in direct response to the truck-style attacks we saw in nice and berlin. we also know within the last few weeks authorities with the nypd have been visiting truck rental centers and parking garages and talking to hotel owners to make sure keeping every precaution for the security that will
attract millions as they ring in the new year. joe and alison. thanks very much. >> and what would ringing in the new year be without football games? arkansas against virginia tech in the belk bowl last night. they were without the starting tight end because he was suspended for shoplifting at a b belk store. >> this is one of the stories where you just say really? arkansas suspending tight end jeremy sprinkle from the belk bowl because he was shoplifting from a belk store. each player was given a $450 gift card as part of the belk gift. they went on a shopping spree on tuesday. charlotte police say he attempted to shop lift $260 of items from the store. since he is a senior, it ended
his college career. arkansas opened up 24-0 lead over virginia tech at the half. the hokies came storming back. they scored 35 unanswered to win the belk bowl by the score of 35-24. the college playoffs kickoff. ohio state and clemson in arizona. that kicks off at 7:00. i'll be at the game for alabama and washington. the tide a two-touchdown favorite. not taking the huskies lightly. >> i think this is by far the best all-around team we played all year long. >> you do win a national championship, you have to go through alabama to do it. >> coach said it is not about the other team. it is about what we do. >> it doesn't matter who we play. people will never give us the credit. it is not about alabama or this
game. >> we are not worried about what happens after this game. we are worried about saturday. ronda rousey fights amanda nunez in ufc 207. the first fight since a year ago. nunez wore a lion mask to the weigh-in. she posted this picture saying thank you for the support at the weigh-in today. looking forward to proving you right tomorrow. it will be the happiest new year. serena williams is officially off the market. serena announcing she is engaged to alexis ohanian. the co- founder of reddit. they made this announcement on reddit. ohanian proposed in a restaurant in rome. they met a year ago. this came as a surprise to a lot of people.
their relationship is behind closed doors for the most part. we have not seen them in public. that's why many people were surprised. they were engaged. >> good for them. they don't want everybody in their business. >> what was he wearing? >> that was from halloween. >> dress up on halloween. >> got it. okay. that's an outfit. hope they take new pictures. >> they have not been seen in public. that's all we got. >> andy scholes reporting on love. we're watching moscow where officials are weighing retaliations after u.s. sanctions after the election hacks. we are live in moscow coming up next. g' nutritional needs... all in one. purina one. healthy energy, all in one. strong muscles, all in one. highly digestible, and a taste he loves, all in one. purina one smartblend is expertly blended... with 100% nutrition,
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we are live in russia. in syria, the early hours of the cease-fire with the assad regime and rebel groups after more than five years of bloodshed. is this enough to get the sides talking about a permanent solution? we are live in the middle east. and security being stepped up at the crossroads of the world. less than 48 hours to the big ball drop. how are authorities keeping times square a safe zone? welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm joe johns. we are right at 30 minutes past the hour. christine and john are off. breaking news. russia coming out with a new set of retaliatory measures against the u.s. the day after the white house issued sanctions against moscow for the computer hack surrounding the presidential election. we will have more on the specific sanctions from russia in a moment. the white house is backing up sanctions with a new report from the fbi and department of homeland security laying out
unclassified technical details explaining how federal investigators linked russian agencies to the hack of the democratic national convention and clinton campaign chairman john podesta. russia announced this insult via twitter from the russian embassy via london. president expels 35 russian diplomats in cold war deja vu. everybody will be glad to see the last of the hapless administration. you can see a picture of a cute lame duck. more from moscow and matthew chance. >> reporter: joe, good morning. as well as the venom powured on the obama administration against the russian officials, this is
from the russian spokeswoman. the obama administration is a group of vindictive foreign policy failures. there are a number of things announced by the foreign ministry with the expulsion of the 35 diplomats from the united states. lavrov just appeared on russian television. he said in response to this, he is recommending to the kremlin 31 u.s. diplomats from the embassy here in moscow should be expelled and another four diplomats from the u.s. consulate in st. petersburg. it is what the russians said. they would have reciprical measures applied to the sanctions that the u.s. obama administration imposed. the final decision the kremlin
said, it rests with vladimir putin. putin is in no hurry to make a final decision. with the latest announcement from the russian foreign ministry this will be taken to expel the 35 u.s. diplomats from the embassies and consulates here in russia. >> the way this works, lavrov makes a recommendation and it is up to putin whether or not to act on expelling these 35 individuals, right? >> reporter: i think so, yeah. just like in the united states in that sense. this is the decision taken by the president of the country. now there was a suggestion earlier, joe, that putin may hold back and may wait to make a decision and not make any response because he knows in a few weeks donald trump will be in the white house. trump more sympathetic to the kremlin point of view and someone the kremlin believes they can do a deal with. with the recommendation from the
foreign minister, it will be a ti tir tit-for-tat response. the russians announced closing down the u.s. embassy which is the russian country house outside of moscow. like summer residence where the u.s. embassy has culture events. that will be closed down as well as part of the counter measures. >> closing down the datcha. we got word of the closing of the angelo-american school in russia. any other measures in response to what the united states has done? >> reporter: on that angelo-american school. that has now been denied. that was something that was briefed on out of washington. the russian foreign ministry and kremlin denied any action taken against the angelo-american school. that is relief to the parents and children of families here in
russia that attend that. in terms of what else, i expect there are plans under way in the kremlin and in the foreign ministry to take other measures as well. again, we are in an unusual situation because normally the kremlin would respond strongly to this kind of action from the united states. again, very aware of the fact in three weeks, the situation in washington will change dramatically or could change dramatically. i suspect we may see a limited response to the latest sanctions. >> matthew chance in moscow. thank you for the reporting. as we go down the line of what the sanctions include and what president obama has imposed. sanctions include two russian heart attack hackers on the fbi list for years. the two are both wanted for large scale theft of money and personal identifying information. both are fugitives and whereabouts unknown. the sanctions are not drawing retaliation from russia, but the
condemnation from the president-elect. donald trump downplaying the election hack, but he has a new twist here. he said it is time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. nevertheless, the interest of our country and its great people, in the interest of that, i will meet with the leaders of the intelligence community to be updated on the facts of the situation. a top aide is dismigsseing thiss toothless and this is all in reaction to punish russia. listen to kellyanne conway on cnn. >> retaliations and sanctions put forward by president obama and his administration. some seem largely symbolic. even those sympathetic to president obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote box in president-elect. that would be very unfortunate if that were the motivating factor here. we can't help but think that is
all true. >> helping us break it down now is political analyst and best selling author ellis henican. recent work includes "how to catch a russian spy." good morning again. >> good morning. >> you heard what russia is doing. it sounds very much tit-for-tat with what the united states has announced with diplomatic expulsions. any surprises? >> tit-for-tat. ma matthew is right. there is one other log to put on the fire. barack obama has promised further covert actions. >> this is just what we know. >> we don't know how big it is. we may never know. steps may be taken that the american people will never been informed about. >> we can see russia take actions in turn when they figure out what's going on. >> that's the spy versus spy die
ma' dynamic we saw with the cold war. >> on the other hand, nothing has happened yet. as we heard from matthew chance, lavrov made the recommendation to putin and it is up to him to act on it. in the chess game, perhaps he sits and waits to see what trump does when he gets in office. >> that is exactly right. stick with the chess analogy. the hourglass they use in chess. this has 21 days left in it. that changes everything. if you are vladimir putin, you are feeling proud of yourself. the result you sought occurred. a president more sympathetic to your viewpoint and he is showing up in three weeks. >> however, many saying president-elect donald trump who has been sympathetic to the russians. kellyanne conway saying this is boxing him in in regards to reversing the sanctions.
listen to lisa monaco. >> the reversal of sanctions such as what you described would be highly unusual. indeed, the sanctions usually remain in place until the activity and reasons for them being imposed in the first place has been removed. >> another obama administration official saying it would be inn advisable for trump to reverse sanctions. is he getting boxed in or does he have wiggle room? >> it is up to him. these are executive orders. congress has not taken steps. lindsey graham and others are suggesting that maybe congress should. so far, these are actions of the president. the new president has every power to reverse them if he chooses. as you say, the politics could get dicey. >> take the long view for a moment. president obama's response to russian interference in the election. is it proportional or the right
response or is it too little? would president kennedy come out with a response like this? lindyndon johnson or even ronal reagan? interference with the american election? >> you are right, joe. a lot of democrats are saying the same thing. it sure would have been better to happen three months or twice as strong. compared to what we are getting in the next separatiadministrats may be as tough as it gets. fascinating maneuver. >> just like the novel that you wrote. thank you, ellis. after five years of war, a new cease-fire in effect in syria this morning. can the assad regime and rebel groups build any real hope for peace? more live from the middle east coming up. it's that time of ye. when you realize you still didn't get quite what you wanted. that's why verizon has the best deals of the year on the best network. like a free smartphone when you add a line or switch. no trade-in required.
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there are reports of scattered clashes. we are getting images out of aleppo. it is gloomy and cold and importantly it is calm. the cease-fire is three parts. the stop the fighting between the different groups. one side you have turkey and al ey li lies. the second stage to create a dialogue there are violations to be resolved. the third step a month from now in kazakhstan, to have peace negotiations to hash out the end of the civil war that killed hundreds of thousand s of peopl. both sides said it is quite fragi fragile. you have isis and the al qaeda affiliate here in syria as well as the ypg. they are part of the syrian democratic forces which are backed by the united states.
>> ian, we are getting more input from president assad about the american transfer of power. he is optimistic about a trump presidency. what more do you know? >> reporter: that's right. there is this optimism about a trump presidency. the syrian president talking about this. saying essentially that when trump comes in, russia will be able to work together. the two working together will form a front which will be positive for people around the world, especially countries like syria which are fighting. also trump has expressed intent to have warmer relations with the russian government. something that bashar al assad will most likely enjoy. also the obama administration has taken a very hard line toward the syrian regime saying assad must go. we have not heard that tough
rhetoric from trump. likely things will change on january 20th. >> thanks for that, ian. united kingdom criticizing secretary of state john kerry for his skmencomments on israel week. a spokesperson for theresa may said it is not appropriate to good after the government of the ally. may's office said it considers the construction of settlements illegal, they are far from the only problem in the conflict with the palestinians. kerry went after israel's government and the most right wing in the nation's history and portrayed the settlements as the biggest obstacle standing in the way of peace. france raising terror tax to help support victims. citizens will pay $1.70 more on the property insurance policies. that is a spike of 40%. the cash goes directly to a fund
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breaking news moments ago. russia announcing measures taken by sanctions from the white house over the election hacking. more details on "new day" at the top of the hour. the new york police department ramping up security for new year's eve. about 2 million people are expected to pack times square. police are pulling out all stops
to keep people safe. cnn's brynn gingras has more. >> reporter: 2 million people are expected to ring in the new year on times square on new year's eve. it takes an army to protect the city against any possible threats. no credible threats against the new year's eve ball drop according to the nypd at this point. every precaution is taking place. we are told by the nypd, they start pry paeparing once the ba drops earlier this year. two things to note we have not seen in previous years at this particular event. that is 65 sand trucks and 100 barrier trucks, which are department vehicles, are going to form a perimeter around this times square area and that is in direct response to the truck-style attacks we saw in nice and berlin. we also know within the last few weeks, authorities with the nypd
have been visiting truck rental centers and parking garages and hotel owners just to make sure keeping every precaution for the security again that will attract millions as they ring in the new year. joe and alison. brynn, thank you. everybody wants to know the weather standing out in times squa square. we hear mild temperatures in effect for times square. a snowy white new year for new england. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> joe and alison, plenty of snow. look at the temperatures this morning. a trio of 31s from chicago, detroit to buffalo. a couple of 20s from sioux falls to minneapolis. 14s out to the northeast. and it shows you very little disparity in the air mass. in the 30s in the midwest and conducive of heavy snowshowers. we had blizzard conditions at
times, but avalanche threat in place as well. the heavy snowfall staying confined to the northern portion of the new england. major metro areas of boston, new york and philly is a different story. all rain for the higher populations. notice this. up to 2 feet has come down in 12 hours across portions of new england. there is the center of circulation and the storm system with lake enhanced snowshowers. you should see additional heavy snow with the commute across maine. mt. washington on the eastern area, we have the avalanche threat in place. a blustery friday shaping up. a blustery saturday night too. the rains will hold off and temperatures mild for the northeast for saturday night. guys. thanks for that, pedram. a south carolina judge ordering charleston church shooter dylann roof to go through a second competency hearing. a day after roof who represents himself in the penalty phase
says he will give an opening statement, but not call witnesses or present any evidence. roof faces the death penalty for killing nine black parishioners at the church last year. north carolina police officer michael slager facing retrial for the murder of walter scott. a mistrial after the jurors could not come to unanimous decision. slager accused of gunning down walter scott. the video shows the moment that slager killed scott as he ran away. that footage garnered national attention. 2016 was the deadliest year for police officers since 2011. the report finds 135 officers were killed in 2016. some died in traffic accidents, but nearly half were shot to death. that is a 65% increase in the
deaths of the previous year. of those shot in the line of duty, 21 killed in ambush attacks. a mother/daughter funeral planned for carrie fisher and debbie reynolds. abc news reporting that todd fisher, debbie reynolds' son says the joint funeral is in the works. there is no set date or location for a memorial service. the 84-year-old reynolds died wednesday, one day after fisher passed away at the age of 60. let's get an early start on your money. global stocks are mixed as markets enter the last trading day of 2016. before you ask, i'll tell you dow probably not hitting 20,000 today. u.s. futures are higher. after closing a bit lower yesterday. now analysts do expect another day of light trading ahead of the three-day holiday weekend.
if you look at 2016, stocks enjoyed a great run. markets wound up recovering from the worst ever starts to the year to hit a series of record highs throughout the year. the dow, nasdaq and s&p 500 all on track for solid annual gains. the dow up nearly 14% this year. run dmc is bringing amazon and walmart to court. darryl mcdaniels of the group filing a $50 million lawsuit begins the reta against the retailers on wednesday. the lawsuit alleges the retailers have profited from and harmed the run dmc brand which y generated more than $100 million since the 1980s. amazon may some day have floating warehouses according to a patent filed by the company. the airborne fulfillment centers
would store broads and accepted out drones to fulfill orders. the system is probably still years away. if it will be developed at all. can you imagine how crowded skies would be? >> i can't imagine. thanks for being with us. i'm alison kosik. i want to wish you an early happy and healthy new year. >> i'm joe johns. happy new year. russia fires back at the u.s. after the obama administration levels sanctions for the election hacking. "new day" starts right now. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day." i'm don lemon along with poppy harlow. russia respondsiing to actions over the sanctions. the kremlin expel dozens of american diplomats in
retaliation to u.s. sanctions announced by the obama administration. >> the escalating cold war-like confrontation with moscow right now coming three weeks before president-elect donald trump is inaugurated. we have every angle covered with the global reseweources of cnn. let's start with cnn's matthew chance in moscow. literally breaking at this moment. russia announcing what they will do to strike back at the united states. what does it entail? >> reporter: the russians always said they would respond in kind to the expulsion of the 35 russian diplomats from the united states and other measures. they start that process with the foreign minister appearing on television announcing sanctions that russia will take in response. it is exactly the same. tit-for-tat. 31 u.s. diplomats will be expelled. that is the
and another four diplomats that are also going to be expelled, as well. that comes after the 31 russian diplomats in washington and four diplomats at the russian consulate in san francisco that were expelled by the obama administration. we don't know if there are any further measures but these measures are just a recommendation at this point, it seems. the kremlin will have to decide the russian president, according to the kremlin, spoke to him this morning is in no hurry to make a final decision. conscious of the fact that in less than three weeks donald trump much more sympathetic is going to take the reigns of office in the white house and the hope is still in russia that this poor relationship with the obama administration can be transformed into something much more positive under president trump. >> matthew chance, thank you very much. this announcement from russia follows tough sanctions